Visitor Policies

  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Photography is permitted in the museum, except in those cases where an artist has specifically requested that we not allow it.
  • Backpacks and bags larger than backpacks and all umbrellas must be checked.  No luggage is permitted.
  • All bags are subject to inspection.
  • Only small, collapsible umbrella-style strollers can be accommodated on the gallery floors.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Sketching is permitted only in pencil and only on paper that is 11" x 14" or smaller.  No easels are permitted.

Visitor Amenities

  • Public restrooms and coat check are available on the Theater (T) level.
  • All galleries and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
  • Wheelchairs are available free of charge but must be reserved 24 hours in advance by contacting the Visitor Services Center at 212.299.7717 or emailing visitorservices@madmuseum.org

FAQs

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Museum of Arts and Design is wheelchair accessible to all galleries and restrooms. Wheelchairs are available free of charge but must be reserved 24 hours in advance by contacting the Visitor Services Center at 212.299.7717 or emailing visitorservices@madmuseum.org.

Does the Museum allow photography or videotaping?

Photography is encouraged throughout the museum, with a few exceptions.  Sometimes an artist chooses not to allow images of their work to be distributed outside of the museum.  In those cases, we respect the artist's request, and we ask that you do as well.  If you have any questions about which pieces are permissible to photography, you can always ask a museum guard.

Is sketching permitted in the galleries?

Sketching is permitted only in pencil and only on paper that is 11" x 14" or smaller.  No easels are permitted.

Are strollers and luggage allowed on the galleries? Is there a place to check such things?

Only umbrella-style strollers can be accommodated on the gallery floors. Luggage is not permitted on the gallery floors and cannot be held.  Backpacks, umbrellas, large bags and large strollers must be checked in at the coat check on the Theater (T) level.  All bags are subject to inspection.

Are sign language interpreters available?

Sign language interpreters are available for tours and many public programs with advance notification.  For further information contact the Education Department at 212.299.7726.